12 Celebrities Who Dropped Out Of School

Let's be honest: school isn't for everyone. For some Latinos, pursuing their dreams of a career in music, arts, dance, or film was far more important than receiving a high school or college diploma.

They may have never walked in cap and gown to the tune of "Pomp and Circumstance," but these 12 Latino stars have certainly found their calling!

1. Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes initially planned to go into marketing, but she dropped out of California State University in Northbridge in 1997 to pursue acting instead.


2. Michelle Rodriguez

Fast & Furious 7 star Michelle Rodriguez didn't make it past high school. In fact, the rambunctious actress was expelled from five different schools. Although Rodriguez wasn't a fan of being in class, she later received her GED. 


3. Jennifer Lopez

After graduating from high school, Jennifer Lopez enrolled at Baruch College in New York City. She enrolled for one term, before dropping out to pursue her dancing dreams.


4. Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara was enrolled in dentistry school when she was spotted by a modeling scout on a beach in Colombia. Her career in modeling and entertainment took off, and she dropped out of school.


5. Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin was accepted into New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. However, several months before classes were set to begin, Martin dropped out and moved to Mexico City to continue his blossoming music career.


6. Ivy Queen

Rapper Ivy Queen dropped out of high school in the eleventh grade, and studied music at the New Jersey School of Performing Arts.


7. Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen showed an early interest in acting, and was a star athlete for Santa Monica High School's baseball team. However, just a few weeks before graduation, Sheen was expelled from school for poor grades and attendance. He never graduated.


8. John Leguizamo

After graduating from high school, John Leguizamo began his theater career as an undergrad at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He eventually dropped out in favor of a career in stand-up comedy. He later enrolled in theater classes at Long Island University C.W. Post Campus.


9. Selena Quintanilla

Child star Selena Quintanilla simply couldn't handle the stress of a budding musical career and middle school at the same time. When she was in the eighth grade, her father took her out of school to pursue music full-time. At age 17, she earned her high school diploma at the American School Program.


10. Roselyn Sanchez

Devious Maids star Roselyn Sanchez enrolled at the University of Puerto Rico where — like her father and brothers — she studied marketing. However, she dropped out three years later to pursue a career in entertainment.


11. Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz may have played a teacher on screen, but in real life the actress never graduated high school. Diaz happily accepted a modeling contract when she was just 17-years-old, and dropped out of Long Beach Polytechnical High School. 

12. Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie graduated from Montclair College Preparatory School in 1999 before attending the University of Arizona. After two years, she dropped out and returned to California.